Robert E. Lee Park - Trail, Mt Washington, Maryland

Robert E. Lee Park - Trail, Mt Washington, Maryland

DESCRIPTION

Just a bunch of fun loops, most lasting no longer than a minute or two. But lots of fun obstacles and logs to cross. There is a deep gully that runs the length of the trail, with several real fun drop-offs along it. The main drop off is pretty smooth and easy now - looks scarier than it is. Another dropoff is actually pretty steep, but as long as you hang back you will be fine. There are actually some pretty technical, rocky dry-creek paths you can follow as well, where you can work on your rock-bed skills - I hardly ever see bikers up there. Finally, a decent loop is possible by climbing a concrete drainage ditch and doing a fun downhill, but you will have to ask someone there to show you the path. Overall, a fun quick place to ride if is it is late and ther is no time to handle Avalon or Loch Raven.

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 20, 2012]
Hunter
Downhiller

This trail is very close to baltimore it is just outside off falls road which is awesome! The trail its self is not very large which is good and bad one you don't have to worry about where you are going really you won't get lost. (at least not for a long time!) This allows for you to just ride! The ground is pretty hard packed dirt/ clay. There are some big trees that are easily passible by having to dismount and go under them. There are plenty of roots once you get off the main trail. The trails are tight and banked and turn a lot which is finn. Its up and down hills and downhills nothing to strenuous which allows for you to ride around a few hours and not be dead. The terrain park is awesome for experienced as well as beginners. It could use some work (maintenance obviously) There are some walkers but the times i went it wasn't annoying and they were very nice about bikers on the trails. Overall a fun trail for cursing down long stretches and some sketch high ridged riding over the river!

Customer Service

Go across the bridge after you park over in the parks parking lot. Then just go up the steep hill that is paved and work your way up that hill until you see the stairs that go down the back of the ridge. You will see the trail after you cross the light rail tracks. After that its all up to you!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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4
[Aug 04, 2009]
tbaier
Weekend Warrior

Not so much a destination as a close diversion for city dwellers. Maybe worth a look if you are sick of the bigger/better nearby locations of Loch Raven/Patapsco.

I am always finding little bits that I have never seen/ridden and you can have quite a fun time linking up a few different paths into one circuit. You have to use your imagination a bit to get the most out of it. Its not a place where you can just pedal in and have a great time. I certainly wouldn't call it "lame" and if you are actually looking for a real half-pipe, I suggest you buy some wood and build one as this one will not fit the bill. But like I said, if you link the half-pipe up into a circuit, it makes for a pretty exciting XC feature.

Customer Service

The bridge at the main entrance is closed for repairs (opening 2011?) so best access is up north. From just south of the Brooklandville fire station on Falls Rd., park and enter on the east side of the road just north of the guardrail. Follow that trail back a ways (don't miss the humps, logs and drops along the right), dismount and cross the really narrow bridge and then you're in the park proper. Most of the single-track lies off to your right - best to start exploring over there, especially off of where several trails seem to merge (about a minute past the bridge). The BMX area is on the left a little further down and has a few things that your average XCer might find interesting.

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Long live Loch Raven.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Mar 23, 2009]
RASKARLE
Cross Country Rider

I was fooled by the reviews here on this website. This trail is real lame. I started biking at Avalon/Patapsco Valley so I guess I'm a little spoiled with that. If you're gnarly and looking for your adrenaline rush, you won't find it here. The main trail is flat and slow. The little trails that shoot off into the woods don't offer too much downhill and are very soft so you don't really pick up too much speed. The BMX course in the center of the park needs some maintenance, but could be fun. If you're looking for a speedy single track don't go here. If you're looking to jump over some dogs then this is the place for you. O yeah and this "halfpipe" thing I've read about is weak. You just make a fast drop then up the other side, not worth driving here for that.

Customer Service

I-83 South to Right on Lombard to Left on Light Street to Right on Conway Street to I-395 South to I-95 South to Route 166 Park and Ride and pedal across Rolling Road to the Avalon Section. DO NOT waste your time with this trail

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Avalon

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jun 05, 2008]
quarterjack
Weekend Warrior

Following up on an old review, there have been a whole series of tree falls in recent months which have made parts of the main trail impassable. Some of these trees are on particularly fast stretches around curves, so be alert. The largest and most dangerous fall is just before/after (depending on which way you're going)the single track bridge, so slow down and keep your eyes peeled. As long as these trees are still there, the rating of the trail is reduced.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 20, 2008]
quarterjack
Weekend Warrior

Follow-up to older review. There have been plenty of storms lately, and the weather has taken its toll on the trails. The best way to get into the trail used to be by driving further up Falls Rd, passing Princeton Sports and all those shops and businesses a couple of miles and then parking on the right on the sharp left hand bend. However, there have been multiple tree-falls, and there is no longer the possibility of the once-exciting full-steam blast from the trail head to the bridge. The trees are huge, and there is no chance of getting by. I tried climbing up the hill to go around them but the trail simply peters out. Very sad. You can go through the main park entrance, but there's widespread tree falls there too. Even the run along the river I described earlier is now badly impeded by fallen trees. You can still scramble around in the rocks, but that gets old. Time to look for a new home, I fear.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 08, 2006]
jackson
Downhiller

good ramps after me and my friends completely rebuilt them. Thanks to whoever left their shovels there.

Customer Service

the dam

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avalon

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
1
[Oct 15, 2003]
sam W
Weekend Warrior

Robert E. Lee is a great park. I thought it was going to be awful after Isabell but i was wrong. Other than the fact that the BMX park is totally ruined because every tree in there fell, everything else is better. The piles of logs that were in the trails were filled in with mud so they can be used as a mini jump/ramp. It would be nice to have that done to all the logs. Since the weather is cooler now the dirt is firm allowing for a smoother easier rides. The halfpipe, also known as devils ditch, is steep but fun if you want a quick adrenaline rush. The rock trails near the top are great to go down, and fun to go up aswell, it just takes some serious work. LOOK OUT FOR PINCH FLATS HERE. There is a trail that goes into ruxton area where you can bike for another 10 min and get the trails in Loch Raven

Customer Service

I start in by the two entrances near princeton sports off of falls roads. one is the Rock Entrance another is a path by the water, either way it is easy to get in and out of.

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The other trails I would recommend are the ones in Loch Raven.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 13, 2000]
Pam

This is a truly great urban trail. (There is no organized trail maintenance on these trails so to help control some of the erosion I recommend/request not riding on the trails for about 48 hours after a good rain.) This trail is great for anyone wanting to get their first taste of mountain biking. Most of the trails are hard pack dirt with some logs and rocks thrown in. There is a great "half-pipe" which is now worn down enough in one spot to make it much less intimidating. Also there is a great rocky climb/descent up to/down from a pine barren area. This is great practice for "rock garden" riding. I ride this trail often - partly because it is so convenient to get to after work. If you live anywhere in the northern Baltimore City area, you should try this trail as an "after work" ride. The park is also a big "dog park" so look out for the pooches. (I even take mine riding...er umm running along side.. with me on the trail sometimes too.)

Customer Service

Follow the main trail (an old railroad bed) back a ways. The trail then splits off into many meandering loops and up-and-back of single track. Most of the trails won't take you too far and it is easy to meet back up to the main trail. The closest bike shops are Mt. Washington Bikes (South of the park on Falls Rd.) or Princeton Sports (North of the park on Falls Rd.). Interesting historic tidbit: Robert E. Lee Park, A.K.A. Lake Roland, was once the City of Baltimore's water supply reservoir.

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The next closest trail is probably the Seminary Trail at Loch Raven. I believe it is listed elsewhere on this site.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 19, 2000]
Chris Kosmides

This is a great, quick ride for after work or if you don't have a lot of experience. I usually just follow the main path, to the right of the half pipe (which is very cool). I've been told there are some good trails on the other side of the half pipe. There are some tricky sections, I wouldn't neccessarily call them technical, but they make the ride a little more interesting. All in all it's a lot of fun.

Customer Service

Launch from park on one of several entrances, cross the Light Rail tracks, and your off.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 27, 2000]
johnnyb

This is a tourist review.

Last week, on a beautiful day with the temperature in the 70s and the humidity low, I rented a Cannondale from Princeton Sports (nice people) on Falls Road, about a mile from the park entrance and headed out. The people at the shop said there was only a small amount of trail and I would be better of going to Loch Raven a little farther away, but I have to say I had a blast on this trail. Maybe because it was a weekday and I saw probably six people the whole time and one was an avid mountain biker herself, but these trails had me romping about.

These are rooty, rocky, loggy trails and are fun for some technical exercise. I'm used to the fast fireroads and singletrack on Mt. Tamalpais, so this was an intense change.

I started out at the dam and headed up a small incline to the left and found the entrance near a picnic house, as I crossed the Metro I went on a straight single-doubletrack trail for about a mile and headed left first, found lots of crisscrossing singletrack and roots and rock gardens. Its a challenge to go fast here. Came back down in the direction of the reservoir and hooked up on the straight and narrow until I crossed a bridge and started veering to the right and uphill to a fence with a hole cut in it and there was a downhill, started down but wasn't sure if it was private property so headed back. Someone has manicured some big logs with sticks so you can climb over if you get the momentum. Went back and crisscrossed the trails for another hour or so.

This is a great place for after work or for someone who wants a quick taste of singletrack.

Customer Service

Started from the reservoir dam. Head left, cross Metro tracks, start riding! Left area rocky and technical. Straight ahead fast and fun. On the right, hellish singletrack climb to a fence with hole in it (not sure how far it went). Mostly rooty singletrack and occaisonal log. I made a three and a half hour fun ride out of this. Not sure how many miles I went.

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Gonna try them all!

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RATING
4
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